The Black Doll (1938)

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Nicholas Rood, dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his ... See full summary »

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  • C. Henry Gordon, Nan Grey, Edgar Kennedy, William Lundigan, Fred Malatesta, and Addison Richards in The Black Doll (1938)
  • C. Henry Gordon, Edgar Kennedy, Addison Richards, and Donald Woods in The Black Doll (1938)
  • C. Henry Gordon, Nan Grey, Edgar Kennedy, and Donald Woods in The Black Doll (1938)
  • C. Henry Gordon, Nan Grey, Fred Malatesta, and Donald Woods in The Black Doll (1938)
  • C. Henry Gordon, Nan Grey, and Donald Woods in The Black Doll (1938)
  • Nan Grey, Edgar Kennedy, Doris Lloyd, William Lundigan, Syd Saylor, and Donald Woods in The Black Doll (1938)

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29 October 2015 | Michael_Elliott
Decent Crime Club Entry
The Black Doll (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Reporter Nick Halstead (Donald Woods) helps a rather dimwitted sheriff (Edgar Kennedy) investigate a series of murders, which are connected by a black voodoo doll that is left with the victim.

This is an entry in Universal's Crime Club series and for the most part it's an entertaining little "B" movie but at the same time there's no doubt that you'll forget about it soon after the end credits roll. This series was made on a very low budget as the studio tried to get some revenue back after their 1936 film SHOWBOAT lost so much money. With that in mind, you really don't have anything overly special here but if you enjoy these type of thrillers then you should enjoy it.

It certainly helps that you've got Woods in a fine and loose form. He certainly brings some energy to the role that helps keep the film moving at a nice pace. Kennedy plays the dimwitted by likable guy that he played throughout his career. The two of them actually have some nice chemistry and the humor works more times than not. The film also benefits from some nice direction by Otis Garrett who makes for some nice atmosphere and especially during the murder scenes.

THE BLACK DOLL runs just 66 minutes so it's not deep or filled with anything great but it does get its job done.

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